float·​ing-point | \ ˈflō-tiŋ-ˌpȯint How to pronounce floating-point (audio) \
variants: or floating point

Definition of floating-point

: using or involving a notation in which a number is represented as a number with an absolute value between 1 and the base (see base entry 1 sense 4e(2)) multiplied by a power of the number base indicated by an exponent (as in 4.52E2 for 452 in base 10) A floating point operation requires at least several thousand elementary binary operations.— Geoffrey Murray If a simple operation like multiplying floating-point numbers would require a set of instructions, then a procedure of any useful scale would involve putting many such sets of instructions together.— Andrew Hodges — compare fixed-point, scientific notation

First Known Use of floating-point

1948, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Floating-point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating-point. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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